David A. Brieno

Background: I came to Independence Plus, INC. with a Religious and Special Education Background. I have volunteered/worked in the DD field since March of 1977 (Yes, a very long time!!!). I moved to Phoenix in 1989 and worked at Gompers Center for 9 years. Then founding/opening Independence Plus in mid 1998 where I have been ever since. I have had opportunities to work in other fields, but I don't feel the level of joy would be there!!! My work is my ministry in which I have dedicated myself.

Favorite Quote: Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. -Saint Francis of Assisi

E-mail: Dbrieno@Indplus.org

Dr. Gregory Triandafilou, D.C.

Background: Recently retired chiropractor (April 2012) after 30 years of service. Also an award winning fine art photographer since 2004.

Favorite Quote: "If not, why not?"

E-mail: Gtriandafilou@Indplus.org

Sharyl Torres

Background: DTA, Direct Service, Business

Favorite Quotes: "Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching." and "When Life hands you lemons, make lemonade."

E-mail: Storres@indplus.org

Monique Sotelo

Favorite Quote: "Everything in life has its purpose" Bob Marley E-mail: Msotelo@Indplus.org

Ejay Bustamante

Background: Retired after 30+ years as a pediatric neonatal respiratory therapist.

Favorite Quote: "No matter where a path takes you, it's the path you choose."

E-mail: Ebustamante@indplus.org

Martha Palomino

Background: Banking and Finance, Mother of 2

Favorite Quote: : "In this life, we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love." Mother Teresa

Email: mpalomino@indplus.org


Favorite Quote: "There's no Stronger Heart then the Heart of a Volunteer"



Background: I came to Independence Plus, Inc. with a medical assistant certificate. I also worked in a day program before coming to IPI. I’ve been in this field for 5 years now.

Favorite Quote: "Ask, Believe and you shall receive."


Favorite Quote: "Team work makes a difference, never quit, always try."


Background: Pastor of church, Reconciliation Church of GOD.

Favorite Quote: Is to give my life to Jesus; because the Bible says in the book of Mark 16:17-20 "Go all over the world and preach the good news of all creations."


Background: I have 19 plus years in childcare development and have been a Hab Tech for almost 2 years.

Favorite Quote: "Live life to the fullest, love yourself and laugh at all your jokes."


Background: 3 children and 3 grandchildren

Favorite Quote: "Let's Go!"


Background: Mother of 4, Love to walk and dance.

Maria C.

Background: Helping People, Enjoy exercising

Favorite Quote: "Peace, Love & Joy"


Background: Business Owner

Maria P.

Background: New to the field (04/2018)

Favorite Quote: "Always help others"

Maria E.


Background: New to the field (04/2018)

Favorite Quote: "The world has changed and none of us can go back. All we can do is our best, and sometimes, the best that we can do, is to start over." Peggy Carter/Marvel Cinematic Universe


Background: 6 years experience working with developmentally disabled adults

Favorite Quote: "Sometimes you have to go through the storm to see the sunshine."